Advanced Robotics Hands-on Workshop

Advanced Robotics Hands-on Workshop | ASCRS

Saturday, June 1, 7:00 am – Noon
5 CME Credit Hours
Registration Required

Member Fee: $670
Non-Member Fee: $800
Limit: 20 participants

This workshop will offer the practicing surgeon a highly customized and procedure-oriented cadaver-based experience that demonstrates state-of-the-art techniques employed in a variety of colorectal operations. The focus will be on tips, tricks, and advanced maneuvers to facilitate robotic ascending colectomy, intracorporeal anastomosis and low anterior resection. We will also provide the surgeons hands on access to the newest FDA approved robotic systems on cadaveric platforms.

This session will involve cadaveric-based procedural exercises on robotic surgical platforms. Port placement, docking techniques, patient positioning and troubleshooting will be covered for each procedure. A primary focus during the workshop will be on operative techniques, methods to improve operative efficiency, identification and preservation of critical anatomy, and high value points to help negotiate the robotics learning curve.

This course is intended to assist surgeons during their learning curve to accelerate their move from robotic proficiency to mastery. And expose the surgeons to the newest robotic technology that may help their practice.

Gap Analysis

What Is: Easily available resources to guide surgeons wishing to adopt robotic surgery are limited, especially hands-on sessions. Standardization of procedures according to best practices is also lacking in robotic surgery. And, access to new systems on cadavers if limited.

What Should Be: Ample opportunity should exist to provide practical operative experience to both novice and more experienced surgeons and interactions with highly experienced faculty.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the setup and instrumentation of advanced robotic colorectal procedures.
  2. Explain different procedural approaches in robotic colorectal surgery and understand strength and weaknesses of FDA approved robotic systems.
  3. Explain how to troubleshoot and address specific roboticrelated complications in colorectal surgery.


Todd Francone, MD, Newton, MA
Vincent Obias, MD, Washington, DC


Lilian Chen, MD, Boston, MA
I. Emre Gorgun, MD, Cleveland, OH
Nell Maloney Patel, MD, New Brunswick, NJ
Joshua Waters, MD, Indianapolis, IN